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Former Westport Second Selectman Avi Kaner endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

November 3, 2022

Cites Boucher’s “outstanding bipartisan leadership in getting Holocaust education legislation passed.”

Former Westport Second Selectman Avi Kaner has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“We’ve all heard of anti-Semitic attacks locally and across our nation,” Kaner said.  “We must never forget The Holocaust, among the darkest days in human history. Senator Toni Boucher led the effort for holocaust education to be taught in our schools, never wavering in her quest or losing momentum. Toni never gave up as opponents of the bill tried to stop it. After 12 years of advocacy, she succeeded in putting it into law. As a Jewish family in Westport, we thank Toni and enthusiastically support her to be the next state Senator for Connecticut’s 26th District.”

Kaner served as Second Selectman in Westport for four years after serving for eight years as the town’s Board of Finance chair.  He and his family have lived in Westport for 26 years and have been involved in numerous philanthropic causes, including Hadassah of Westport and AIPAC’s New Leadership Network.

“Toni exhibited outstanding bipartisan leadership in getting Holocaust education legislation passed in 2018,” Kaner said. “That bill’s passage was the result of Toni’s persistence and will. She repeatedly brought stakeholders together to create that Holocaust education law, which has made Connecticut a national model. Without Toni’s determination and her ability to forge compromise, that legislation would likely have never passed.”

“Avi is a dear friend who has dedicated years of his life to helping Westport remain stable through good times and bad,” Boucher said. “Avi’s collegial, nonpartisan leadership earned the respect of people from all political parties. I have long admired Avi for his solution-oriented approach to municipal governance. We need more Avi Kaners serving at all levels of government. It is humbling to have Avi’s support.”

In addition to Kaner, former Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has also endorsed Boucher. Marpe cited Boucher’s “positive and supportive working relationship as State Senator when I served as Westport’s First Selectman, as an 8-year member and Vice Chairman of Westport’s Board of Education.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. 

A pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative who supports gay rights, Boucher has also been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Association for Retired Teachers of Connecticut, the Police Officers Association of Connecticut (which represents municipal police unions across the state), former Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell and former Connecticut Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties, as well as unaffiliated voters, to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8th.

Municipal Police Unions Organization Endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 25, 2022

Cites Boucher’s “commitment to public safety and protection”

Third CT law enforcement group to announce support

The Police Officers Association of Connecticut (POACT) has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“On behalf of the approximately 5,000 sworn police officers from both small towns and cities, we are pleased to inform you that POACT is endorsing your election to the General Assembly,” POACT President Florencio Cotto, Jr. wrote to Boucher. “Our endorsement is based upon your strong support on issues that are important to police officers and their families, including your commitment to public safety and protection, and to fair working conditions for the men and women who put their lives on the line each day to protect and serve our communities.”

“To have the backing of the Police Officers Association of Connecticut, which represents municipal police unions across the state, is an honor,” Boucher said.  “This respected organization is a uniting force. Its mission is to bring all police officers together, regardless of union affiliation, to be a unified voice in public policy and legislation. I thank our thousands and thousands of local police officers for their sacrifice, their dedication, and their vote of confidence. I am asking people of all political parties for their vote, so that I can work in bipartisan fashion to help make our communities safer and be a strong voice for the men and women who serve in local law enforcement.”

Recently, Boucher was one of only a few candidates across the state to receive the official endorsement of the men and women of the Connecticut State Police Union. The group noted that “Toni’s commitment to public safety and Trooper safety is truly appreciated by the entire Union membership.”

Boucher has also been endorsed by the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police, which stated that “as the 26th District’s new state senator, Toni will be a friend of law enforcement. We urge all citizens living in southwestern Connecticut to join us in voting for Toni Boucher to bring about a safer Connecticut.”

Boucher, who has been cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party, encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Former Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 21, 2022

Fasano: “Toni puts people over party labels” and “has the bipartisan leadership skills that we need more lawmakers to exhibit”

Former Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Toni Boucher brings people together,” Fasano said. “She is a listener. She is straightforward and honest. Time after time, Toni has worked closely and constructively with Democrats and Republicans to improve the quality of life for southwestern Connecticut residents and people across the state.”

Fasano said Boucher’s determination over several years led to the passage of bipartisan Holocaust education legislation in 2018 which has made Connecticut a model for other states. “That law would not have passed without Toni Boucher’s persistence and her ability to unite people around a common goal and vision,” Fasano said. “That bill’s passage was an emotional, unforgettable moment. Toni helped create that moment.”

Fasano, a Yale graduate, small business owner and attorney, served as the 34th District’s state senator for 18 years. He served as Senate Republican Leader for 6 years.

Fasano cited Boucher’s extensive knowledge of policy issues impacting children, education, and higher education. He pointed to Boucher’s leadership in 2017 to rally bipartisan support for the implementation a state spending cap after decades of attempts by lawmakers to define the cap. “Toni is a champion for fiscal responsibility,” Fasano said, noting how Boucher supported a bonding cap and volatility cap which have created more stability in state finances.

“Toni is highly effective because she puts people over party labels,” Fasano said.  “She has the bipartisan leadership skills that we need more lawmakers to exhibit at our State Capitol. The bottom line is that Toni is a mother and a grandmother who loves our state and wants to help people of all ages, all backgrounds and all political parties.”

“Len Fasano is a dear friend and someone who earned the trust and respect of Democrats and Republicans at the State Capitol,” Boucher said. “I have always admired Len’s ability to get people who have differing views to sit around a table, speak civilly to one other, and reach a compromise that helps move our state forward. Len Fasano’s encouragement led me to not give up on the Holocaust education bill.  His steadfast leadership was crucial in enacting those 2017 structural spending controls which continues to bear fiscal fruit today. Len’s endorsement of my candidacy is humbling, and I thank him for his support and confidence.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. A pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative who supports gay rights, Boucher has also been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Former CT Gov. Jodi Rell Endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 17, 2022

Cites Boucher’s “common sense” leadership, bipartisanship, and “fierce” advocacy for the people of southwestern CT

Former Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell today enthusiastically endorsed Toni Boucher for the open 26th Senate District seat. The district includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Now more than ever, we need common sense leaders like Toni who have a record of working across the aisle to move Connecticut forward,” Rell said.  “As governor, I worked closely with Toni when she served in the House of Representatives and the State Senate to enact significant legislation throughout my term.”

Rell cited multiple examples of the policy successes that she and Boucher worked together to achieve, including:

  • Preventing the construction of an “I-95 like” Super Seven highway through Wilton, Redding and Ridgefield, and instead limiting Route 7 to four lanes with sidewalks and trees. This solution paved the way to build the greenway from Norwalk to Danbury
  • Saving Orem’s Diner from the bulldozers during the Route 7 construction
  • Building Wilton Commons to help area seniors age in place in our community
  • Securing funding and protections for farms throughout the district
  • Instituting landmark government ethics and campaign finance reform
  • Enacting legislation to address climate change
  • Protecting our children from measures that would have greatly expanded access to illicit drugs.

“Toni has always been a fierce advocate at the State Capitol for the people she represents and the causes that they champion,” Rell said. “Toni listens, and Toni cares. The 26th district will be well served to return Toni to the state senate to help confront the serious issues that Connecticut is now facing.”

“Helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives,” Boucher said. “That’s what I enjoy the most.  I am so grateful and humbled to receive Gov. Jodi Rell’s endorsement. As a state legislator, I built strong relationships with Jodi and with so many caring, generous, wonderful people throughout our area communities. I also built a strong record of bipartisan legislative policy accomplishments which have helped to improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. 

“I truly believe I have a lot more to give back to the people of southwestern Connecticut,” Boucher said. “I will campaign tirelessly from now until November, and if Democrat, Independent and Republican voters put their faith in me again, I will work tirelessly for them as their state senator.”

Boucher said her top issues include:

  1. protecting local control regarding residential property rights. 
  2. protecting parents’ rights and decisions over their children’s education
  3. making Connecticut more affordable through tax relief 
  4. making Connecticut’s communities safer

Boucher has served as a State Board of Education member, a local Board of Education chair, and a local Selectman.

Her numerous public service awards include twice being named “Environmental Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and being named “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance on seven different occasions. Visit ToniBoucher.com for more information on Toni and campaign volunteer opportunities.

CT Small and Independent Businesses Endorse Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 10, 2022

NFIB cites Boucher’s commitment “to the needs of Main Street small businesses and their employees.”

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Connecticut PAC has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Thank you for standing with NFIB on the issues important to small business,” said NFIB Chair Wendy Traub and NFIB Senior State Director Christopher Carlozzi. “The NFIB CT PAC believes that you will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are elected to serve in Hartford.”

“Small and independent businesses are vital to Connecticut’s economy, and to receive this vote of confidence from our country’s leading non-partisan small business association is an honor,” Boucher said. “Thousands of Connecticut small business owners are members of NFIB, and I pledge to work with Democrats and Republicans to make Connecticut more affordable and small business friendly. Creating a positive tax environment where businesses can grow and families can prosper should be a bipartisan effort. Helping Connecticut’s small businesses thrive is among my top priorities.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. In the legislature, her extensive experience in the business world helped her to work collaboratively with Democrats and Republicans on state government fiscal issues. She served on the front line of bipartisan efforts to balance the state’s budget while holding the line on taxes, reducing government spending, saving businesses and growing jobs.

Boucher, who holds an MBA from UCONN Business School, is the founder and former owner of a small business and a former member of corporate management for two Fortune 50 firms. She co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of a marketing design agency in San Diego, California, which specializes in clients working in biogenetic, aerospace and leading edge computer applications. She is a recipient of the Southwest Area (CT) Commerce and Industry Association’s Community Leader Award.

Boucher, who has been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party, encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

CT Retired Teachers Association backs Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 5, 2022

Cites Boucher’s “commitment to the issues that are important to retired teachers.”

The Association for Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC) has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Thank you for your commitment to the issues that are important to retired teachers,” ARTC Political Action Committee co-chairs Marie Petitti and Mary Hendrickson wrote to Boucher. “Best wishes for your success in the election.” ARTC is a non-profit organization of retired teachers representing 6,000 members/affiliates and advocate for 32,000 retired teachers. On the web: ARTCT.org

“Connecticut’s retired teachers deserve our strong support, and I am honored to have their endorsement,” said Boucher, a former teacher who has served as a State Board of Education member, a Wilton Board of Education chair, and a leader on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Education Committee in both the House and Senate. “Education is everything. It is the way out of poverty and the path to freedom. My father repeated this message every day, and he was right. I arrived in Naugatuck with my family from a farm in Italy when I was five years old, speaking no English. Thanks to my family and to patient and caring public school teachers, I was able to succeed and live the American dream. Working closely with our dedicated educators and listening to their concerns over many years has helped me to gain a thorough understanding of their priorities. I remain a strong advocate for students, teachers, parents and public education, and I am gratified that thousands of Connecticut’s retired teachers have placed their confidence in me.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008.  She has been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party, the Connecticut REALTORS, the Connecticut State Police Union, and the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities.  Election Day is Nov. 8.

CT Log Cabin Republicans endorse Toni Boucher for State Senate

October 3, 2022

“I consider myself a welcoming ally to Connecticut’s LGBT community.”

The Connecticut Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

Headquartered in Stamford, Log Cabin Republicans of Connecticut represents the republican LGBTQIA+ community of Connecticut and is part of the larger National Log Cabin Republicans organization. On the web: www.lcrct.org

“The Log Cabin Republicans of Connecticut advocate for equality for all and believe that all Americans have an important place in the Republican Party,” Boucher said. “I share their priorities and consider myself a welcoming ally to Connecticut’s LGBT community. I am honored to receive their endorsement and wish them continued growth and success.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008.

A pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative who supports gay rights, Boucher has also been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party. Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

CT State Police Union endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 29, 2022

Toni’s commitment to public safety and Trooper safety is truly appreciated by the entire Union membership.”

The men and women of the Connecticut State Police Union have endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Toni Boucher is one of the few candidates to receive the official endorsement of the men and women of the Connecticut State Police Union,” said Connecticut State Police Union President Todd Fedigan. “Toni’s commitment to public safety and Trooper safety is truly appreciated by the entire Union membership. We look forward to working with Toni on issues of concern during the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2023 legislative session. Together, we can make the State of Connecticut a safer place for all who live in, visit, or travel through our great State.”

“To receive this extraordinary endorsement by our state police Union is humbling and gratifying,” Boucher said. “The men and women who put on a Trooper uniform every day to keep us safe deserve our thanks, our respect and our strong support. As state senator, I will work in bipartisan fashion to make sure our Troopers are able to do their jobs safely and effectively. I so appreciate this vote of confidence from the Union membership, and I know we can further collaborate on a host of issues which will make our communities safer.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. She has been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party and the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

CT REALTORS Endorse Toni Boucher

September 26, 2022

Real estate coalition says Boucher is best choice to “ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in CT.”

26th State Senate District candidate Toni Boucher has received the endorsement of the Connecticut REALTORS, which represents 20,000 members involved in all aspects of real estate in Connecticut. The district includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. 

“We are pleased to relay our Association has voted to endorse your candidacy for Senate District 26,” wrote Connecticut REALTORS 2022 President Tammy Felenstein. “The Association carefully evaluates candidates in determining who may best ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut. Thank you for your commitment to serve, and we wish you all the best in the election.”

“To have the enthusiastic backing of our state’s real estate professionals is truly humbling,” Boucher said.  “Connecticut Realtors want a more affordable Connecticut – a Connecticut they can ‘sell’ – and so do I.  

“I support removing estate and gift taxes in Connecticut. I oppose any increases to our property tax burdens, including a statewide property tax and any expanded or new conveyance taxes. I also oppose any type of so-called ‘Mansion Tax’.  I am asking Democrats, Independents, Republicans and unaffiliated voters for their support, and if elected, I pledge to work across the aisle to bring about the positive environment that our real estate industry envisions.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008.  

Her top issues include:

  1. protecting local control regarding residential property rights. 
  2. making Connecticut more affordable through tax relief
  3. protect and promoting local control of education and parental involvement in our schools
  4. making Connecticut’s communities safer

Boucher is a pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative. She has been endorsed by the Connecticut Independent Party and the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.

Boucher has endorsed a $1.2 billion tax relief plan that would have provided immediate, significant, and long-term tax relief to Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families. These detailed tax relief proposals can be viewed at AffordableConnecticut.com.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Former CT Senate Minority Leader John McKinney endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 20, 2022

Highlights Boucher’s Bipartisan “Courageous” LeadershipAfter Sandy Hook Tragedy

Former Connecticut Senate Minority Leader John McKinney has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

“Toni Boucher loves Connecticut and she loves helping people,” McKinney said.  “Toni is a mother and a grandmother who cares deeply about our state’s future. Toni is also a dear and trusted friend. For many years, I was honored to serve the people of southwestern Connecticut alongside Toni in the General Assembly. No one works harder on behalf of her constituents. She is an independent thinker who is a well-respected voice for everyone. I wholeheartedly endorse Toni to be the next state senator to represent the good people of the 26th District.”

The son of former 4th District Congressman Stewart B. McKinney, John McKinney for several years served as the highest-ranking Republican in Connecticut after Gov. M. Jodi Rell left office in 2011.

McKinney highlighted how Boucher in 2013 was appointed to chair a bipartisan committee in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The committee helped produce a package of sweeping gun control, school safety, and mental health policy measures which have since become law and are a national model for other states to follow.

“Toni stepped up and brought people together during a tremendously painful time in our state’s history,” McKinney said. “She exhibited true leadership in helping to forge that compromise legislation. What Toni did was courageous.”

“To this day, I remain humbled that Sen. McKinney saw fit to appoint me to serve in that critical leadership role,” Boucher said. “I have long admired John McKinney for his centrism and how he unflinchingly stands up for what he believes in. He is a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, as am I.  Working with John McKinney taught me how to be an effective lawmaker. It really boils down to common sense and always remembering that the best interests of the people must always be our top priority as elected officials. I thank John for his endorsement, his commitment to public service and his friendship.”

Her numerous public service awards include twice being named “Environmental Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and being named “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance on seven different occasions.

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.